The fabrication techniques of drag have numerous conceptual implications for those of architecture. Borrowing from tricks of theater costume, the looks of drag deploy fast fixes to materialize a show. Lo-fi means of joining, with hot glue or bobby pins, allow the queen to achieve maximum effect on the cheap, to re-fashion garments and accessories. Tenuous adhesives and assemblies also afford the incorporation of undoing and reveal central to a drag show. How do we make decisions about the grain of detail of architectural dress? By what means do we modulate architectural illusion and visual effect with respect to proximity and vantage? How do emergent tools in digital fabrication prompt us to question the hold of efficiency on assembly? Do these developments raise conceptual challenges to the dichotomy between structure and skin? How might structural systems participate in constructing the character of buildings? When is it permissible for architecture to script its undressing?

The first entry in this body of research will look specifically at the play between padding and insulation as drag and architectural means of selectively expanding the buffer between an interior and its publicity.

Team: Stratton Coffman

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Stratton Coffman